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We want to encourage a sense of community between Honors Students, Faculty, Staff, and Alumni. Our mission is to challenge, encourage, and celebrate undergraduate students who pursue a path of academic excellence on their way to becoming advanced scholars, working professionals, creative artists, and/or community leaders.


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First, some basic rules about E1s:

  • E1 stands for Enrichment Requirement. Students are required to complete AT LEAST one approved E1 for every semester they are in the Honors Program.
  • An E1 is an event that occurs outside of your major. For example, a biology student could attend a physics colloquium. An psychology student could go to an event from the English Department. The possibilities are endless. In the past, students used the Elizabeth Warren/Scott Brown debate and the Stephen King talk for E1s: both of those counted. Students can also use something community service based. There are many different things a student can do to satisfy this requirement. 
  • It CANNOT be a requirement for another course (unless otherwise noted, such as God of Carnage for FYSH students).
  • We will announce events the Honors Program hosts that will count as an E1, as well as other events we hear about that are E1 opportunities. We maintain a board outside of our office in Southwick 320 where we will display flyers of events we hear about. However, students are encouraged to go out and find these events, speakers, etc. on their own through participation and observation on campus. 
  • Not sure if an event will count? Just ask us!

Now, here's how complete an E1:

  • First, attend the event. 
  • After the event, use the E1 form from the Honors Office to guide your response. Copies of E1 forms are available in our office, as well as on our website. I've also attached a copy of the form to this e-mail. You can either write/type directly on the form in the boxes provided, or type it up in paragraphed format and attach it to the form.
  • Your responses must display thought and critical thinking on your part. Put time into this. We have imposed a 250 word minimum to guide students into writing more thoughtful E1s, though students are encouraged to write more. E1s don't have to be long; they are not long essays. However, just writing a couple sentences is not acceptable.
  • Forms will be read and approved by the E1 coordinator. This means that if the E1 forms are not written well, are too short, or otherwise insufficient, they will be denied. Students will be informed if their E1 is rejected, will be given feedback about what they can do to improve their response, and will have the opportunity to rewrite the E1. 

E1s are designed to enrich  students, and encourage you to be more involved with what is going on in the campus community and the world. It is a crucial component to the Honors Program experience for students. We want you to enjoy these events and learn from them!

If you have any questions, please do let us know at! We want to make sure youunderstand the E1 process.




HON 110 First Year Seminar in Honors (FYSH)


Honors College Writing II


Either 2xx/3xx/4xx Honors Course or an Honors General Education Course or an Honors Seminar


Either an Honors General Education Course from a department other than the one that satisfies H3 or an Honors Seminar


Either 3xx/4xx Honors Course or an Honors Seminar or a Graduate Level Course or 3xx/4xx Honors-by-Contract


Honors Seminar

H7 and H8

Either two courses leading to an Honors Project or an Honors Thesis or one course leading to an Honors Project and an approved Honors Course


Thesis Timeline




Thesis Advisor Declaration Form

First Friday in December

First Friday in May

Do Preliminary Research



Meet with advisor weekly/bi-weekly

During Spring Semester

During Fall Semester

Thesis Proposal

Second Friday in March

Second Friday in October

Outline and Annotated Bibliography

Friday before Finals

Friday before Finals

Continue Research and Start Writing



Completed First Draft



Completed Final Draft

By the end of October

By the end of March

Present and Defend Thesis*

During November

During April

Thesis Completion Form

First Friday December

Last Friday in April

*Let us know when you plan on presenting or defending your Thesis.

**Bolded Items need to be turned in to the Honors Office either Southwick 320 or in O'Leary 260c. 


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